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Volunteers needed for foster care review boards

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By Sarah Bennett

The Administrative Office of the Courts is seeking volunteers to serve on Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in Hardin County and the surrounding area.

The volunteers review cases of children who are placed in foster homes because of dependency, neglect and abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible, according to a news release.

Volunteers work with the courts and Cabinet for Health and Family Services on behalf of the state’s foster children, according to the release. They ensure the children receive necessary services while in foster care.

They are not required to live in the county where a board meets. According to the AOC, there are two review boards in Hardin County.

All volunteers must complete a six-hour initial training session and consent to a criminal record and central registry check, according to the release.

A recommendation is then made to the chief judge of the district court or family court for appointment.

The next training for new volunteers is Friday, March 15, in Shelby County, according to the release.

According to the AOC, volunteers are needed in Hardin, Jefferson, Bullitt, Nelson, Anderson, Franklin, Henry, Oldham, Owen, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble and Woodford counties.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.